I took time to do a drawing looking across the harbour to the bay and the hills behind. Even though it was sunny, there were rain clouds over the hills much of the time. I have been playing with these little drawings for some years - a view of where I am in a circle about the size of a CD on black paper. White pencil is the mainstay with all the colour built on top of it. Some high-lights are added with metallic pencils and strong colours added with Inktense Derwents. It's simple and naive as I've never been taught to draw but they give me pleasure and I have a little book full of them now.
|Apollo Bay harbour. Coloured pencils on black paper.|
There are large pelican breeding grounds here too. If you have access to Australian films, there is one all about this magic area called "Storm Boy". The boy and the pelican who are the main characters, frequent this part of the world and the film is a beautiful interpretation of the place and the story by Colin Thiele.
|Pelican landing on Lake Albert, early morning|
Behold the honourable pelican
Whose beak holds more than his belly can.
This was one of my Dad's little homilies which always tickled his funny bone. Pelicans are most graceful and noble birds and watching them is very soothing. I promise you more. I wasn't completely idle and apart from my little drawing, there are more photos to share which I'll put on a new trip page next to the Dargo High Plains page.
See you on Wednesday.